Mario Batali

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    October 27, 2014

    Chef Chat: Mark Sanfilippo Is Salume Beddu's Cured Meats (Philosopher) King

    Mark Sanfilippo, the man behind Salume Beddu(3467 Hampton Avenue; 314-353-3100), didn't set out to be St. Louis' king of cured meats. The former academic spent years studying Hegelian philosophy and German, priming himself for a career as a professor when reality set in. "There are only two or three ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Cucina Pazzo

    In a city that takes pride in its Italian culinary scene, it's funny to learn that the chef behind the hottest new Italian restaurant cut his chops doing Hawaiian fusion. Justin Haifley, executive chef of the Central West End's Cucina Pazzo (392 North Euclid Avenue; 314-696-8400) doesn't think it's ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Loving Las Vegas and MSG: A Q & A with Qui Tran of Mai Lee

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 11.21 - 11.27

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly posted about her Thanksgiving food adventures. Iron Stef: Stef made osso buco with a little help from Mario Batali. Cupcake Project: Stef blogged about small business Saturday and shared a vanilla bean giveaway.

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    September 21, 2011

    Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella, Part 2

    This is part two of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Komorek, will be posted on Thursday. Emily Wasserman​Did your family cook together when you were a child? Only professionally. My brother d ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella

    This is part one of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Komorek, will be posted on Thursday. Emily Wasserman​Walking up to Trattoria Marcella (3600 Watson Road; 314-352-7706) at ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Elie Harir of The Mediterranean Grill, Part 2

    This is part two of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Elie Harir of The Mediterranean Grill. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Harir, will be published tomorrow. Kelly Hogan​Did your family cook together when you were a child? Yes, I would help my mother in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    They Dumped All My Children For This?

    The Chew is a new weekday talk show about food. It features celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon with Carla Hall from Top Chef, something called a Daphne Oz and something called a Clinton Kelly. It will replace long-running soap opera All My Children on ABC's weekday schedule this fall.Bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Solae Wants You to Grill on Meatless Mondays. But Do You Want To?

    meatlessmonday.comFiring up the grill for Meatless Monday? Not so fast. ​Since the beginning of year, the Meatless Monday movement has gained momentum, thanks to publicity from vegetarian Paul McCartney and carnivore Mario Batali. The Oprah Effect kicked in, with the former talk show queen off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Farmhaus' Trip to Aspen's Food and Wine Classic, in Tweets

    Food & WineBest New Chefs, 2011​Last week Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800 or owner/chef Kevin Willmann and manager Eric Scholle took their crew to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, where Willmann was selected as one of 2011's Best New Chefs by Food & Wine m ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011
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    May 26, 2011

    Forbes Calls Salume Beddu the Best in the Country

    Jennifer SilverbergA tasty spread at Salume Beddu​Yesterday lifestyle columnist Larry Olmsted of Forbes declared Salume Beddu the best salami in the country. "It's pretty crazy. We are both incredibly humbled by the article," Salume Beddu co-owner Mark Sanfilippo told Gut Check. "We just tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Miguel Carretero of Guido's, Part Two

    This is part two of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Miguel Carretero of Guido's. To read part one, click here. Stay tuned for part three, a recipe from Carretero, which we'll publish tomorrow. Deborah HylandCarretero in Guido's homestyle dining room​Did your family cook when you we ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Sandra Lee's Blenders and Six Celeb Chef Products That Should Exist

    couchpotatocook.comSandra Lee, surrounded by a bunch of Kmart crap.​Coming soon to a Kmart near you next year -- Sandra Lee's line of "cookware, small appliances and other kitchen products." OK, so that doesn't sound dissimilar from the line of goods Martha Stewart hocked at the lagging disc ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto, Part 2

    This is part two of Chrissy Wilmes Chef's Choice profile of Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Dinsmoor, will be published tomorrow. Chrissy WilmesDinsmoor supervises Fidel Vergra, one of her two trusted assistants.​Did your family cook when you w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Chef Chris Bork of the Mud House, Part 2

    This is part two of Holly Fann's Chef's Choice profile of Chris Bork of the Mud House in south St. Louis. Part one can be found here. Look for part three, a recipe from Bork, on Thursday. Holly FannChris Bork, chef at the Mud House (2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599)​Did your family cook whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Advice for Novice Cooks on Avoiding Thanksgiving Food Poisoning

    If you're serving Thanksgiving dinner to loved ones this week, the Los Angeles Times offers a handy guide on how to not kill them with food poisoning. Beware the once-a-year cook and the bacteria-ridden leftovers. Not washing the veggies with bleach is also recommended.Feeding some not-so-loved ones ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Bring on the Sad Meals - San Francisco Outlaws Fast Food Toy Giveaways

    Sorry kids, but San Francisco has outlawed fast-food toy giveaways. Reuters reports that the city's Board of Supervisors passed the law on Tuesday, making them the first U.S. city to pass a law - not just an ordinance - banning the toys. Toy giveaways stop on December 1. NPR visits with Lisa Johan ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Food Prices Spark Riots in Africa

    Food riots in Mozambique have killed 10 people and led to 142 arrests. Reuters Africa reports that because of a 30 percent increase in bread prices, angry citizens have organized bloody, fiery protests via text messages. Wheat prices have soared because of drought in Russia. Farmers markets are pe ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Augusta Winery on Today, Day Before Yesterday

    image viaA view of a vineyard at Augusta Winery in Augusta, Missouri​A local winery made good earlier this week when it was one of seven selected by Joe Bastianich, son of Italian-American superchef Lidia Bastianich and restaurant partner of Mario Batali, to appear in a Today show segment. Jo ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Babbo's Spaghetteria Now Open in Chesterfield

    Ian FroebSpaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria​No, Mario Batali hasn't taken up residence in the Valley. (He strikes me as more of a south city type, really.) Babbo's Spaghetteria is the new restaurant from Michael del Pietro, a companion to Sugo's Spaghetteria in Frontenac.The menu is mo ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu

    This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu. Part two will be published tomorrow, and part three on Friday. Robin WheelerA man, a plan, a ham: Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu​"I really appreciate obsessiveness in other people because I have ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Meet Chef, Cookbook Author and TV Host Lidia Bastianich at Williams-Sonoma on Thursday, 3.11 [Updated with New Time]

    ​Update: (Thursday, 3.11, 10:15 a.m.) My Post-Dispatch counterpart, Joe Bonwich, was kind enough to pass along word that today's signing at Williams-Sonoma will now run from 4-5:30 p.m.Update: (Thursday, 3.11, 11:45 a.m.) Also, she will be at the Des Peres Schnucks (12332 Manchester Road) from 2-3 ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Throwback of the House: Resolve to Make 2010 Miserable with Soup of Oat Flakes

    New year, new beginning, new fad diets. Why should things be any different for the Throwback? Instead of focusing on weight loss via artificial sweeteners and chemicals, I'm going the opposite route with the 1970 edition of Michael Abehsera's Zen Macrobiotic Cooking.Robin Wheeler​I debated this o ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    A Food Writer's List of 10 Essential Food Books

    ​As much as I'd like to assemble a Top Ten Food Books of 2009 list, I'm so far behind in my reading that I'd struggle to compose a Top Ten Food Books of 2008 list. Best I can do for this year is two books. First, Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan. It's a cookbook, but you can -- and should ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 9.11

    ​ Can't make it to Munich for Oktoberfest? Live vicariously. (Los Angeles Times)The CSA concept moves to seafood in North Carolina. ( and food pairings require a little information and a lot of instinct. (The Buffalo News)Economic woes affect Mario Batali. (The New York Da ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Julia Child Haunts the Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Julia Child is haunting me.In full disclosure, I invited her in. I just didn't realize that beloved, deceased TV chefs followed roughly the same rules as vampires. Man, that is going to be no good for Mario Batali. That gentleman has stringent minimum garlic req ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    New Michael Pollan Article in Times Magazine

    Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) has an epic new article in this weekend's edition of the New York Times magazine in which he tackles the decline of cooking in America and the rise of food-related television programming. Well worth your time. Here's t ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.27

    In today's news: a bad history at the source of the salmonella outbreak, caterpillars in Liberia and deadly fugu in Japan.

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    September 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9.22

    China's food-safety head steps down as the melamine-tainted infant formula crisis widens: Over 53,000 have been sickened. (CNN) In Japan, the agriculture minister steps down after a scandal over contaminated rice. (AP) A look at the new PBS series featuring Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Gwyneth P ... More >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Celebrity Chef Poll Results

    Mario Batali was the winner, though answers were all over the place. Maybe I gave too many choices? Which celebrity would you most want to open a restaurant in St. Louis? ( polls) I should note that among the 9 votes for "Other," there were 4 votes for Bobby Flay (or Bobby Fucking Flay, as so ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008
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    September 6, 2007
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    September 6, 2007

    Molto Mario?

    Now both Mario Batali and the Food Network are denying yesterday's report that Batali has been canned. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) -Ian Froeb

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    September 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9/5

    I wake up every Wednesday knowing that there will be several good stories in the New York Times, which publishes its dining section today. But this morning there's a bonanza of good stuff from all over the place. Those idiots at the Food Network have dumped Mario Batali. That ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8/21

    Did I see any of you at Marcia's Surgery Festival last night? Well, I was incognito. (I hope.) But it was a nice turnout. Good stuff this morning: A federal appeals court has stayed Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats. This is a temporary delay so that the court can consider the FTC's request to ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8/14

    More data on the dramatic rise of food prices. From June 2006 to June 2007, for example, the cost of eggs rose 19.5%. (Kansas City Star) A new outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease in Great Britain. (Guardian) Also in Great Britain: What will happen if you drink seven dou ... More >>

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    October 31, 2006

    Ballpark Village Celebrity Chef Betting Pool Now Open

    source: Coming soon to a Ballpark Village near you? Word is that Ballpark Village might feature not one but two "celebrity chef" restaurants! Whose cuisine will reign supreme just a long fly ball from the home of our ten-time World Series champs? Here's the early line (odd ... More >>

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    August 23, 2006


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    January 4, 2006


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    October 6, 2004

    Italian Heritage Tours

    (It's pronounced "I-talian")

  • Dining

    November 29, 2000

    Side Dish

    Even working chefs aren't immune to the lure of those celebrity-chef cookbooks